Card of the Day: Five of Wands
Card of the Day:
Five of Wands
Be an artisan of Your Own Fortune
Almost all Tarot authors agree about this cards meanings, including competition, dispute, confrontation, quarrel, conflict, struggle, judgment, and violence. There has been much debate about results of that fight. Popular opinion supports an optimistic point of view, suggesting victory in in fight gain with an appropriate reward. Others are more pessimistic and talk about negative consequences of any conflict, necessity to maintain self-control, and a threat of punishment. Competing with other people is an inevitable part of living in the material world, and it is important to learn how to do it in a range from avoiding any confrontation to the fight by all means. Both extremes can be ineffective: the former will result in loss, the latter leads to a bloody non-productive strife. Judgment is in need badly, but it has to be emphatic with some openness to other people position, but with awareness about their self-interests.
In the Five of Wands card of the Maori Tattoo Tarot deck, a young woman is depicted. She sits on the ground, holding three wands, and two wands lie beneath. It is a metaphorical picture of self-control and inner balance when it is necessary to deal wisely with opposite forces to achieve results.
by Victor Paul, The Rising Sun Publishing House